By Kelly Vaughn
April 5, 2022

Leading with purpose

Local business owners share why they support community nonprofits like Edmond Women's Club.
Quail Creek Bank employees serve at a community event. (Photo provided)
Quail Creek Bank employees serve at a community event. (Photo provided)

There was a time when a business’ sole purpose was to make money, but now, customers demand more from the businesses they support. They want to know they are supporting companies that operate with integrity and invest in the community in which they are located. Additionally, employees want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Working for a company that promotes its values and supports the community fosters a positive culture within the workplace and a more fulfilling employment experience.  

Maintaining the mission

One company focusing on local involvement is Quail Creek Bank, a sponsor for several charitable organizations and an active participant in the northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond communities. 

“Quail Creek Bank’s mission is to be the highest quality, best-regarded independent community bank in northwest Oklahoma City with an increasing presence in outlying areas,” said James Griffith, chief financial officer and senior vice president. “These local organizations serve our community in various capacities, and they need the support of companies that have a presence in the community.”

Prior to the pandemic, the company held team competitions to encourage participation in community fundraising, food and supply donations, and volunteer projects, a practice bank leaders hope to return to soon. One of the organizations the bank chooses to support is Edmond Women’s Club and their annual fundraising gala.

Helping other nonprofits

Edmond Women’s Club provides scholarships for local high school students. (Photo provided)

Edmond Women’s Club, a volunteer organization founded in 1983, relies on community partners and local businesses like Quail Creek Bank to continue serving the area. EWC supports other nonprofits such as Edmond Mobile Meals, Fostering Sweet Dreams, Wings, UR Special, and many others through grants and volunteer hours. They also support community members in the form of educational scholarships and promote cultural, civic, and community efforts in the city of Edmond.

Through their local sponsors and the annual Black and White Gala, EWC annually gives between $65,000 and $100,000 to community nonprofits. This year, the major fundraising event will take place on April 29 at Gaillardia Country Club.

Improving quality of life

Grace Allen Designs is also a long-time supporter and sponsor of Edmond Women’s Club. Heather Langhofer, owner of Grace Allen Designs, partners with organizations like EWC because she believes it’s important to meet the needs of all residents to make a community successful.

Grace Allen Designs Owner Heather Langhofer (left) regularly volunteers with Edmond Women’s Club. (Photo provided)

“Supporting our local nonprofits who focus on meeting these needs through volunteering and contributing to fundraising efforts is one way Grace Allen Designs gives back to the community,” said Langhofer. “Through our connection with Edmond Women’s Club, we are able to support the efforts of UR Special, the Hope Center, Wings and other local nonprofits who care for the Edmond community”. 

Langhofer believes community involvement and engagement align with her purpose to improve the quality of life of her clients by creating a personal space that feeds their souls and provides refuge from the busy world.

Continuing the cause

Local nonprofits like EWC and businesses like Quail Creek Bank and Grace Allen Designs are pillars of the community. They are the reason Edmond is such a great place to live and work. At a time when financial success alone may be challenging, we commend these organizations who continue to place community support at the forefront of their mission.  

To learn more about membership, the annual Black and White Gala, or how your business can give back to the community through organizations such as Edmond Women’s Club, visit www.ewc.org.

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About Kelly Vaughn

Kelly Vaughn completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland-European Division while living overseas as a military spouse. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she is also employed. She is a graduate of Leadership Edmond, Class XXV and is actively involved in the Edmond community. Kelly enjoys business and leadership books and podcasts, spending time with her family, attending concerts, and traveling.